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Chicken Burrito Skillet

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Olena Osipov
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Chicken Burrito Skillet is a healthy one pan dinner with tender beans, flavorful rice and morsels of chicken topped with gooey cheese, cilantro, lime and green onion.

We make a lot of Mexican inspired skillets at my house like taco skillet, skillet enchiladas, and Tex Mex sweet potatoes.

Chicken Burrito Skillet

This chicken burrito skillet is everything you love about a chicken burrito or a chicken burrito bowl, but without the tortilla and cooked in one pan.

It is the perfect weeknight dinner where you don’t even have to chop an onion or a single clove of garlic.

This skillet consist mostly of pantry and fridge staples, and is highly versatile with white, brown or cauliflower rice and its toppings.

It’s just perfect!

Chicken Burrito Skillet garnished with cilantro, cherry tomatoes and green onion

Ingredients for Chicken Burrito Skillet

  • Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • Rice: You can use white rice or brown rice. It should be rinsed and drained but not pre-cooked beforehand.
  • Corn and beans: Fresh or frozen corn, no need to cook or thaw. You can use black beans from a can that are rinsed and drained from gooey liquid or pressure cooker black beans .
  • Tomato products: A can of low sodium diced tomatoes that are not drained. For more saucy and red in colour skillet, use same amount of plain tomato sauce.
  • Seasonings: Low sodium chicken broth adds extra flavor. Dried onion and garlic powders make skillet quick and flavorful. And then just chili powder.
chicken burrito skillet ingredients

How to Make Chicken Burrito Skillet

There is a full recipe card below.

  • Prep: Drain and rinse beans. Rinse and drain rice. Dice chicken or use kitchen shears.
  • Saute: Add chicken, corn, beans, rice and spices and cook for 5 minutes. This step will flavor and pre-cook all solid ingredients. Do not add liquids yet.
  • Bring to a boil and cook: Add diced tomatoes (not drained) and broth. It is super important to bring mixture to a boil before cooking. White rice will cook faster than brown rice. Stir only once and simmer on low heat covered the whole time.
  • Cheesy topping: When rice is soft, skillet is almost ready. Sprinkle cheese on top and let it melt while covered. Now is a good time to chop cilantro, lettuce, green onion etc.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, sour cream or even greek yogurt guacamole.

Tips and Variations

  • Cooked chicken: Use shredded or cubed cooked chicken. Reduce cook time to 2 minutes when sauteing.
  • Ground chicken: Saute ground chicken or turkey first, constantly breaking into small pieces with spatula. And then add beans, corn, seasonings etc.
  • Low carb: Use fresh or frozen cauliflower rice. Add with liquids and reduce broth to 1/2 cup.
  • More spice: This skillet is mild because “kids”.  Spice it up with more chili powder or cayenne pepper. Use a can of Rotel in place of diced tomatoes. Sub Pepper Jack cheese for regular one.
  • Beans: If you don’t like black beans, use pinto beans. Or skip all together.
Chicken Burrito Skillet scooped with red spoon

How to Store, Reheat and Freeze

Storing: Refrigerate for up to 5 days in an airtight glass container. You can cook, cool and divide skillet into individual containers for meal prep.

Freezing: Cook, cool and freeze skillet in a large baking dish tightly wrapped with plastic and foil. Smaller leftovers can go into airtight containers for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for 6 hours or in the fridge for 12 hours.

Reheating: Chicken and rice should be thawed completely before reheating. Use microwave in 1 minute intervals or add to a pot with splash of water/broth and simmer on low for 5-7 minutes.

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Chicken Burrito Skillet

Chicken Burrito Skillet

Chicken Burrito Skillet is a healthy one pan dinner with tender beans, flavorful rice and morsels of chicken topped with gooey cheese, cilantro, lime and green onion.
4.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 504kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 lb 3 cups boneless & skinless chicken breast or thighs, cubed
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans rinsed & drained
  • 1 1/2 cups brown or white rice rinsed & drained
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 15 oz can low sodium diced tomatoes not drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar marble or Tex mex cheese, shredded


  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium-high heat and swirl 1 tbsp oil to coat.
  • Add chicken, black beans, rice, corn, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add diced tomatoes and broth; stir and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight lid and simmer on low for brown rice – 20 minutes, white rice – 10 minutes.
  • Open the lid, give a gentle stir, cover and cook for another 20 minutes – brown rice and 5 minutes – white rice. Or until rice is soft.
  • Remove the lid, sprinkle with cheese, turn off heat, cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes until cheese melts.
  • Garnish with cilantro, avocado, green onion and lime. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


    Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 574IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. Making this tonight, will let you know how I make out. I’m curious, if I use shredded/ground chicken, do I use 2 lbs or 1 lb? Thank you!

    2. This combination sounds amazing, however, I worry that the chicken breast will be overcooked. Was that a problem for anyone?

    3. Can I cook it in a large pot and still get the same results? I’m trying to cook for a lot of people and I don’t have a skillet big enough! I’m an inexperienced cook trying to learn by making dinners for my family. Will brown rice cook all the way through if I don’t cook it beforehand?

      1. My pan of choice is a skillet, but you can make this in a pot. And yes, the rice will cook all the way through if you follow my instructions. Hope that helps.

        1. 4 stars
          Thank you! It went well and tasted delicious. I recommend that if others try the recipe and double it like I did, add a little bit less liquid so that it doesn’t become mushy.

        2. 4 stars
          Made this in a large skillet but it was overflowing when I added the broth and tomatoes so I transferred to a cast iron Dutch oven on the stovetop. Huge hit with my family! Used leftover roast chicken, garnished with green onions, avocados, pickled onions, sour cream, and crushed up tortilla chips. Adults used hot sauce too. Might have been bland without garnishes, but awesome meal almost completely from pantry. Very fast and will be making again!

    4. Oh this sounds really good…On vacation right now but will definitely try this when we get home…thank you so much….love your recipes…especialy Instant Pot ones as i love my instant pot..

      1. Hi Roz! Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and star review once you have tried this recipe 🙂 Have a great vacation.

    5. 5 stars
      My kid said “Freaking Amazing” about this recipe! I used adobo seasoning and baked it in the oven 375 for 45 min.

      1. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback Veronica. Sounds like this recipe is definitely a hit at your house 🙂

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